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Friendly police versus enemy police

by | Jul 6, 2022 | India

The increasing politicisation of the police forces not just in Uttar Pradesh but the rest of the country is also a matter of concern.
Screen grab of a tweet by Rohit Ranjan

New Delhi: The tussle between the Chhattisgarh Police and the Uttar Pradesh Police in relation to the case against Zee TV news anchor Rohit Ranjan once again highlights the trend of the increasing politicisation of the police forces.
Ruling parties have used the police forces as their political arm, as demonstrated in several cases. The late J Jayalalitha had had K Karunanidhi arrested in a mid-night swoop and Karunanidhi – after becoming the Chief Minister – had reciprocated the action. In recent years, a new trend has emerged: With the police forces of different states being seen in an eyeball to eyeball confrontation. When the AAP government had arrested BJP leader Tejinder Singh Bagga, the Haryana Police and the Delhi Police came forward to Bagga’s rescue; eventually securing his release. The Maharashtra and Bihar Police had been in a state of conflict in a case involving the death of film star Sushant Singh Rajput. Sometime back, the Assam and Arunachal Pradesh Police had been engaged in a standoff, with firing on the borders having been reported.
Uninformed policemen of the Chhattisgarh Police – armed with an arrest warrant issued by the Court -arrived Tuesday morning at Ranjan’s Indirapuram residence in a case involving the news anchor’s “deliberate twist” on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s statement relating to the incident of violence at his Wayanad office by the SFI functionaries. Gandhi had reportedly sought forgiveness for the SFI functionaries, saying they “were children”. In a program on zee tv, Ranjan attributed Gandhi’s statement to the Udaipur killers. Ranjan subsequently apologised for the remark, but the damage had been done. The Chhattisgarh Police was unable to execute the arrest warrant, however, as the Noida Police arrested Ranjan, citing Section 502 of the IPC on charges of causing “public mischief”. Former Police officer Vibhuti Narain Rai described the situation as being unfortunate, saying that the Chhattisgarh Police should have been allowed to fulfil its mandate. ” Such rivalries between the state Police forces are unfortunate. This is a dangerous trend”, he said.

Srinanda Jha
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Journalist by accident, rail, travel and political buff by choice - dissenter by compulsion. Interested in policy and governance.